THE JOURNAL OF GREAT WATERS ASSOCIATION OF VEXILLOLOGY
December, 2000 Vol. V, No. 2, Issue 10
THE CITY FLAG OF
The city flag of Chicago was adopted by the City Council in 1917. Chicago Council proceedings of March 28, 1917 state:
The proposed municipal flag for the City of Chicago herewith forwarded to your Honorable body for adoption is shown in two sizes: the first to be borne by hand is four feet four in height and six feet six in breadth. Its uppermost stripe, of white, is eight inches broad; the second stripe, of blue, is nine inches; the central bar, of white, is eighteen inches; the next to lowermost stripe, of blue, is nine inches; and the lowermost stripe, of white, is eight inches broad. Next (to) the hoist and two inches from it at the nearest point is a red star fourteen inches tall with six points drawn from a circle six inches in diameter. Two inches from this is a second star of the same size. Both stars are two inches from the blue stripes above and below. Considered locally, the two stripes of blue symbolize the Chicago River and its two branches, enclosing the great West side in the center, with the North side above and the South side below. The two stars stand for the two great formative events in Chicago history, the Great Fire of 1871 and the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. They are given six points each that they may not be confused with the five-pointed stars which stand for the States of the Union in the American Flag.
The flag was designed by Wallace Rice of 2701 Best Avenue, Chicago.
The ordinance was amended in 1933, adding a star to commemorate the
"Century of Progress" World's Fair. In 1939, a fourth star was added
(at the fly end) for Fort Dearborn, to represent the founding of the city. The
1933 ordinance also provided for a municipal pennant specifying that it shall be
a long streamer with three stars on a white field at the hoist and the fly
equally divided blue and white. A municipal badge is also described having three
red stars on a silver field between two blue bars. 1
1 Presumably today the pennant and badge would exhibit four stars.